GARDENS BY THE BAY is the nature-park. When I planned my trip to Singapore, this place was shown as one of the highly visited places. And I also decided to take out my time for this place. As I was visiting all the attractions alone. When you visit alone you are more comfortable in terms of timings. You no need to wait and you plan things as per your comfort level. I woke up at 7:00 am in the morning, had my breakfast at the hotel and then was standing in a taxi queue out-side of the hotel. It was already 9:00 am. And it was a clean and Sunny day, a bit hot as-well. Today I decided to take a taxi, as all the above (headline) attractions are at the same place. And I was in the mood of easy going. So I decided to take a taxi from my Hotel Square to Gardens by the Bay. I stood for 15 minutes in the taxi line to get a taxi. And finally, it’s my turn. I paid around 18 SG$ to the taxi driver. Here, I find it a little odd sometimes. Some times some taxi drivers charge as per meter and some times few charge more for the same place. They add some surge charge to the place and stuff.
GETTING TO GARDENS BY THE BAY
Nearest MRT station is Bayfront, take EXIT B and follow the underground linkway. There is a 15-20 minute walk from MRT station till Gardens by Bay. Follow the sign board as it is a very big area.
There is no admission fee for Garden by Bay. OCBC Skyway has SG$-8 for Adults and SG$-5 for Child. Then You can buy tickets for “Standard Flower Dome + Cloud Forest” SG$-28 for Adult and SG$-15 for Child.
I reached Gardens By the Bay at 10:00 am and was welcomed by this beautiful floating baby 🙂
This place is full of flowers, trees, kitchen garden spices, herbs, bonsai trees and many more. There is an endless collection of Bonsai Trees. This park is a must visit destination for Nature lovers, as there are different kinds of flowers, plants, trees and herbs. They even have stalls selling herbs and they will teach you how to grow them at your house kitchen garden.
You will see here-Conservatory Flower Dome, Conservatory Cloud Forest (Here you can see the science behind rains and both have admission fee), OCBC Skyway, Supertree Grove, Far East organization children garden (this is theme water park and no admission fee), Heritage Garden, World of Plants, Sum Pavilion and Art Sculptures.
There are many eating hubs, I did not eat anything as I already had a heavy breakfast in the morning. And, I had finished sightseeing by 2:00 pm. My Next stop was The Merlion, which is next to Garden by Bay. But, you have to walk for some time or hire a taxi.
It is said, Merlion is Symbol that represents Singapore. If you have not visited this place then you have not visited all the top attractions in Singapore. It looks like a mythical creature which is half Lion and Half Mermaid. The 8.6 meter tall statue stands at the Marina Bay waterfront looking towards the Sea. It is a good place to take pictures and sit and relax, and spend some time.
MARINA BAY SANDS
Marina Bay Sands is known for being one of the most expensive hotels in Singapore. The standard room starts from SG$-380 per night. But, you can visit this famous Hotel. I mean the Observation Deck of this hotel by taking admission tickets of SG$-23 for Adults and SG$-17 for children. Soar 57 levels above the heart of the city as you capture the moment of a lifetime at the stunning Sands Sky-park public observation deck.
It also has the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at SG$8 billion. The Casino is in the basement. My husband was also coming to see the most expensive Casino in the world. It was the first time in my life I have entered in Casino. I have seen Casino in Hollywood movies. And to my expectation. Whatever I have seen in movies, it was the same. I always wonder that whatever Director shows in movies is manipulated. But, not the case for casinos. It was full of People and everyone trying their luck in different areas. We decided to take a walk and understand how to play, then we will also try our luck. After observing for 30 to 40 minutes, I couldn’t understand anything. Since then, I have been visiting a Casino. And I had to play. So we reached one table where this operator was swinging the Ball in that wheel. It was not automated. There were 2 ladies playing and they were in their 50s. We saw them, and out of our expectation they were actually making them. Without thinking anything, they were just putting coins on every possible number. So, I also add my coins on one number thinking my whole life that this is my lucky number. And, I lost. I lost it all. Well, we looked at some other counters and this time my husband did some calculations at an automated machine and tried. And, top of your expectations we lost again. Even lost it all. Then we decided not to put more money and head towards Clarke Quay for our Dinner.
Clarke Quay is one of the famous food joints in Singapore. This place is very lively, actually people who come after finishing their office keep this place alive. Great small outdoor place for seating. We had Pasta and and Rice in Mushroom sauce. Actually it was very yummy. The day ends here and I am tired, tomorrow I am planning to visit Local Market of Singapore.